Monday, 20 July 2009

Gift Bags Made Gorgeous

I usually prefer using wrapping paper instead of gift bags, because I like to have fun with ribbons and flowers, and I have always thought that gift bags didn't allow me as much creativity. I may have to change my mind after making over these two 97-cent Walmart gift bags. This is how they started out: After I added some ribbon, flowers, and tissue paper I already had, and tied the bag shut with jute string, the pink one was transformed from plain to pretty: With the green one, I glued on the same ribbon, and free-handed a design with yo-yos that I made when I was 16 and staying at a crafty friend's house. I have a whole ziploc bag full of these yo-yos, and while I think they're cute, I didn't ever have any use for them. This bag was tied with jute as well, and for a card, I tied on the little tag that came with the bag, and glued a yo-yo to the outside, both front and back. This green gift bag went from garden-variety to gorgeous! Sorry for the bad alliteration...maybe I've been watching too much daytime reality TV. These gifts went to KD's niece, for whom I painted the pink-and-white box. (Sorry again...I just couldn't end this post with a preposition! My grammar-nerd tendencies can lie dormant for months, then suddenly break out all at once). See other lovely transformations over at Between Naps on the Porch's Met Monday. I love Susan's decorating tips that she posted today.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I usually stay away from gift bags forthe same reasons as you stated but now- never again!!! These are just cuter than cute! You are so creative!!!

    Think of all the fun you could have with Christmas ones.....hmmm...

    Hope you are feeling well! How has KD been feeling?

    Hugs
    Heather:)

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  3. The deleted comment was me- somehow my first comment posted twice.Oops!

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  4. What is a yo-yo--the kind you used? I know what you mean about gift bags. They usually seem impersonal--not these!! Very cute! p.s.--I have a thing about prepositions too--old English teachers never die :)

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  5. Sooo cute! How are you going to just give it away? I suppose it's bad form to ask for the bag back, huh? lol.

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  6. Sometimes the gift back is more beautiful than the gift! Those might just be that way! Great job.

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  7. Hi Jo :)

    Wow! They look really really cute!! It gave me a whole new outlook on gift bags :)

    hugs,
    rue

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  9. Girl, they are so pretty , you don't even need a present inside !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  10. Cute! I would love to receive a gift in one of your bags!

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  11. You totally made those gift bags super special! I love the one with the yo yos!

    Manuela

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